Gardens in Belfast on tour

Posted July 20, 2009, at 9:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:57 a.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Andrea Whyte and Joan Bennet will open their adjoining gardens for the Belfast Garden Club tour on Friday.

The properties at 29 and 37 Bridge St. connect by way of a shady path that the women created last year after cutting down a few trees.

Bennett expects her day lily beds to be in full bloom, as well as clematis, coreopsis, echinacea, heuchera, Russian sage and catmint.

Whyte’s gardens are on property left to her by her husband’s grandmother, and some of the gardens are as much as 60 years old. Whyte restores them a bit more each summer.

Whyte and Bennet plan to offer visitors mint tea, homemade cookies and a poetry reading. At noon and 4 p.m., neighbor Karin Spitfire will read her poetry.

The Whyte and Bennet gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The next garden tour will be on Friday, July 31, when Alismarie Parsloe opens her Northport garden at 140 Bluff Road.

All tours this year will be on Fridays. Seven more are scheduled. The final tour will be on Sept. 11.

The garden club suggests a donation of $3, payable at the garden. A five-visit ticket for $10 is available in advance from club members, at Brambles, Aubuchon Hardware and at each tour. Money raised benefits the club’s Belfast Civic Beautification projects.

For a list of all the gardens on tour this year and directions to them, look for the Open Garden Days flier at area businesses or visit www.belfastgardenclub.org.

For information, call chairwoman Gina Fry at 338-5345.

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